Excellent point, Gorgekko. Â It's all the shoulder-rolling, weird head-gestures, bobbing and weaving, arm-flinging, and strange stances and movements that really, REALLY, put me off this guy (D'Onofrio) to the point of not being able to watch it anymore--scenery-chewing indeed.. Teacher, I agree completely with your assessment of the series. Â In my opinion, Robinett was the best ADA, but perhaps they needed to "sex it up" a little to maintain their popularity. Â Today's L&O episodes seem much more like slick entertainment, rather than having the integrity and thought-provoking themes of the earlier ones. Â And is it my imagination, or are the recent episodes shorter? In addition, in my opinion, Ben Stone was a far better character as executive ADA than Jack McCoy. Although I really like Sam Waterston as an actor (and have enjoyed him in many roles), I feel that his McCoy is far less credible and certainly less likeable than was Michael Moriarity's Ben Stone. Still despite the shortcomings I see in the more recent iterations of the original L&O, I still watch and really enjoy it.